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Volume 5, Wednesday February 11th, 2009
Doctors on the move?
oxby Downs Family Practice is on the move; the question is will it be to a new premises in Gregory Street out of out of town?
In a shocking revelation, Doctors Simon Lockwood and Wendy Strachan plan to close the Roxby Downs Family Practice by the end of June. Claiming diﬃculty in dealing with the Roxby Downs Council with the Practices attempts to set up a new clinic as the reason for their departure, both doctors are looking for appointments in other country towns. Dr Lockwood said, “Our current location is inadequate for the number of patients we treat and we promised ourselves we would not go through another winter in our current premises. “Dr Strachan and I had a dream to set up a new Practice with more room, privacy and facilities. To fulﬁl that dream, nine months ago I purchased a home in Gregory Street with the plan to ﬁt it out as a new practice. “As much as Dr Strachan and I love Roxby Downs we feel as though the processes to fulﬁl the dream are beyond our control and we have decided to close the Family Practice and seek appointments elsewhere.” Dr Lockwood lays the frustrations that have caused them to make this decision squarely at the feet of the Council. The Doctors’ frustrations have been fuelled by what they feel are unnecessary delays and costs in order to renovate the property, which has stood vacant for seven months while the necessary planning processes have been worked though. “I feel we have not been encouraged in any way and that the Council could have helped in making the new practice a reality,” said Dr Lockwood. The Monitor spoke to the Roxby Downs Council in relation to the claims of delays and conditions applied to the planning and building approvals. Council Administrator Bill Boehm said, “All the necessary procedures as laid down by Council’s Development Plan as required by the Development Act have been processed ap-
propriately. Planning approval was issued on September 26, 2008 with ﬁnal development approval on November 4, 2008 following building rules consent. “As with all development applications assessment times can vary. In this instance the application was required to be publically advertised whilst additional information was also sought relating to various building matters. “Overall planning requirements relating to car parking and landscaping are standard for all such developments, whilst building requirements are mandatory under the Building Code of Australia. “The Council, as it has in the past, is more than willing to assist the Family Practice in any practical way within its powers; and is extremely disappointed should the Doctors leave, especially since we have not been formally approached since the development approval was issued. “However, we cannot forgo our duty and legal constraints which apply equally to all people when applying for planning and building approvals.” Dr Lockwood said he had also made an approach to BHP Billiton and discussions are ongoing. The Monitor contacted BHP Billiton to ask how they could assist the community to keep the Practice open. Vice President Government and Community Relations Kym Winter-Dewhirst said, “BHP Billiton is taking the situation very seriously, and we are continuing to negotiate with the Doctors to ﬁnd an equitable outcome.” A group of concerned residents are willing to start a Friends of the Family Practice to support the clinic to move to Gregory Street and stay open. They have also been buoyed by the news that discussions between the Doctors’ and BHP Billiton are still ongoing and are hopeful that not all is lost. The group’s spokesperson said, “We want the Doctors’ next shift to be a local one, not to another part of the state.” Dr Strachan is planning to leave the Practice by April and Dr Lockwood plans to be gone by June.
Save our Doctors W “We are fortunate to have two practices and we must ﬁght tooth and nail to keep them both here. “Our plan is to form ‘Friends of the Family Practice’ and work with the Doctors to overcome all the obstacles and have the new practice operating by May at the latest.” Mr Beever added, “We do not know the One of the group’s members, Tom Beever, said, “It would be a tragedy to lose Doctors full extent of what needs to be done and we Lockwood and Strachan from Roxby. are still hopeful that ongoing discussions
hen Dr Lockwood’s and Dr Strachan’s plans became know last week, a small number of concerned residents immediately started to look at what had to be done to keep our Doctors from the Family Practice from leaving Roxby Downs.
may yet resolve the issues. “If assistance is still required next week we will meet with Dr Lockwood and form an action plan and then look at what ways the community and local businesses can support us to make the ‘dream’ of the new clinic a reality. “It may require fundraising, fast tracking works or some physical hands on assistance; whatever is required will need to be done
quickly. We will have to move fast.
“We are committed to forming a group who can make it happen.” If you wish to support The Family Practice to stay in Roxby Downs, email your contact details and words of support to email@example.com. The community will be kept informed of when when a plan is developed and advise how you can best assist.
Monitor NEWS Family Focus with Tom Beever
Even If It Is Just A Walk Keeping ﬁt is something I love to do. Since I was encouraged to take up amateur wrestling as a thirteen year old, (that led into amateur and professional boxing and eventually Branch Instructor in Wing Chun Kung Fu) I have continued my love aﬀair with ﬁtness. I used to think I needed to attend a gym to help me get ﬁt and stay ﬁt but a year or so ago I rediscovered that all I needed was a really good pair of joggers, a really good skipping rope, some weight training gear, motivation and 100per cent commitment. I developed motivation and full on commitment to training as a thirteen year old because without it you would pay big time in one on one contests such as full contact sports, but commitment is a huge aspect of keeping ﬁt. In fact in my eyes, the three principles to getting ﬁt and staying ﬁt (besides motivation) is commitment to correct eating, (and watching your alcohol intake) commitment to cardio-
vascular enhancement and commitment to a weight training program. I love my little outdoor gym at home and thanks to a great friend and ﬁtness guru here in Roxby, I’ve always had a great training program and although I enjoy keeping ﬁt I don’t expect everyone else to push themselves through a regular training program. But I would like to share the results of a recent study that emphasizes the importance of walking. I know I often talk about the importance of health and ﬁtness through my articles but it would be neglectful of me if I didn’t because health and ﬁtness is of vital importance to our health, well being, family, relationships and even our place of work. I’m also in conversation with people who want to do something about their weight, health or ﬁtness but can’t seem to get started so it’s my hope that my articles will either help or inspire someone to make a start.
An overseas study has shown that walking for just an hour a day can more than half a women’s risk of developing breast cancer. The ﬁnding backs earlier studies that suggests even gentle exercise is crucial in helping to prevent the disease. The latest study, by Nagoya City University in Japan, tracked 30,000 women over 12 years to monitor their lifestyle habits and risk of cancer. Each was asked whether their daily walking totalled less than 30 minutes, 30-59 minutes, or an hour or more. The results , published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Bio-markers & Prevention, found that those who walked at least an hour a day, and then went jogging, swimming or the gym for another hour once a week, were substantially less likely to have cancer. The researchers therefore recommended walking an hour a day, along with additional weekly exercise. Higher-risk women, such as those who are overweight or post-menopausal, beneﬁted just as much as from daily walks as those at lower risk. A UK spokesperson for cancer research said that maintaining a healthy body weight was one of the best ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer. This was because fat tissue in the overweight produces more hormones and growth factors than in slimmer people.
Apparently high levels of some of these hormones, including oestrogen and insulin, can increase the risk of certain cancers. Another recent study found that exercise can cut the risk of cancer overall, but only if it was followed by a good night’s sleep. A US study of thousands of women also found signiﬁcantly fewer cases of cancer, including breast cancer, among the most physically active but sleeping less than seven hours a night wiped out the beneﬁts and actually increased the risk of cancer. Of course there are enormous beneﬁts for men and women in regards to walking because as I have said in a previous Family Focus article, walking is important in the prevention of such things as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer and high blood pressure. But! As good as walking is…it can only beneﬁt us if we’re out there doing it. On top of that, don’t forget we have a fully equipped air-conditioned gym with staﬀ and are also blessed with two private personal trainers who can easily be contacted through the Roxby Downs Rehabilitation Centre. I may not see you out on the training track or in the gym anymore but I’m out there doing what I have done for years and it’s my hope many more will get out and get started as well… even if it is just a walk.
Woolies Australia’s worst donates to disaster outback
Woolworths will graciously donate the entire day’s proﬁts from February 20 in an attempt to help rural and regional communities, including Roxby Downs. The Country Women’s Association is urging all Roxby residents to complete their weekly shop on February 20 to help support the community. CWA state president, Mrs Rosalie Crocker, said the CWA is providing ﬁnancial assistance to many community groups and local families as a result of the money raised from Woolworths drought appeal in past years. “Last year more than $5.8 million dollars was donated to rural and regional families to help manage the everyday costs of living over the prolonged drought periods,” said Mrs Crocker. As part of the Woolworths Road to Recovery program, the funds from this years donation day will be used for community initiatives and small infrastructure projects that Mrs Crocker says have “fallen by the wayside after such a long and ﬁnancially crippling drought”. This year’s initiative is expected to raise more than $5 million, with the funds available for Emergency Assistance Grants and Community Infrastructure projects. “We are committed to supporting Australia’s farmers and the communities in which they live,” said Roxby Downs Woolworths area manager Stephen Bryers. “It’s great that local groups can also
apply for Grants to complete some of the projects that haven’t had the resources to get completed over the past years.” As in previous years, the Country Women’s Association will administer the funds. In 2008 the money donated from Woolworths assisted with over 3000 families with emergency bills and daily expenses and some of the funds have also been used to research into sustainable farming practices. “We have seen first hand the difference the contribution from Woolworths has made to farming families,” said Mrs Crocker. “There are lots of strong rural communities like Roxby Downs in Australia with plenty of life in them – but many just need a bit of help to get back on their feet. “Facilities such as sports grounds and swimming pools can be critically important, particularly in rural areas, because they help bring people together and provide a real sense of community. “In many small country towns the local swimming pool, village hall or sports ﬁeld is the centre of social activity – a place for kids to play and for grown-ups to gather and support each other. They are the glue that keeps communities together and we must take care of them.” Application forms for community projects will be available from February 9 at www.woolworths.com.au or by calling 1800 237 876.
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Family and Youth Oﬃcer Tom Beever said he was asustralia grieves as fires ravage through Victoria with the death toll expected to rise tounded at how “Roxby Shines” in times of need. “When hardships are going on, Roxby residents want dramatically.
In what is being described as the worst-ever bushﬁre disaster in Australian history, over 100 people have perished, 700 homes have gone up in ﬂames and more than 300,000 hectares have been burned to ash. “Hell and all its fury has visited the good people of Victoria…,” said Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Victorian Premier John Brumby added: “Out there it’s been hell on earth.” Already, the people of Roxby Downs are oﬀering their support. Family and Youth Oﬃcer Tom Beever has been contacted by many worried residents asking how they can help. A Roxby Downs Fire appeal has been set up, with donation bins placed at RoxFM and the Dunes Café. All donations will be appreciated. www.themonitor.com.au
to jump in and help out,” he said. Tom also went on to say anyone in need of emotional support throughout this time of adversity should speak with himself, a doctor or a friend. “There is always support there for you,” said Tom. As well as this, donations to the Victorian Bushﬁre Relief Fund can be made at any National Australia Bank and blood donations are being accepted at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Call 13 14 95. More than 300 NSW ﬁre ﬁghters have been sent to support the Victorians, and the Prime Minister has called on 100 New Zealand ﬁre ﬁghters to help. But this is not enough. It is time for Roxby Downs to once again dig deep and oﬀer their support to the victims of the Victorian bushﬁres. Every little bit helps. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper
Andamooka TV problems In light of the Federal Government’s impending switch to digital TV, APOMA is forced to look at the future of community based re-broadcasting. Andamooka and surrounding areas are not expected to change to the digital signal until late 2013, meaning Andamooka’s current television transmitters need “some serious work.” “There are ongoing problems with our ageing TV re-broadcast system,” said APOMA member Rob Hancock. Over the past few months, the Imparja transmitter has been “re-jigged”, explaining why the sound quality of the channel is low and the signal is not overly strong. The Central 7 transmitter has also, according to Rob, had a “hissy fit” and is in need of work. Channel SBS is also experiencing issues in Andamooka, with APOMA claiming the reason is due to a dish tuning
problem, for which they are purchasing a satellite tuner. With no digital switch until late 2013, APOMA has sent both transmitters to Adelaide to be assessed for repairs. APOMA has also planned to investigate the possibility of the town’s residents changing to their own individual satellite systems should the transmitters, which Rob says are “very much yesterday’s technology”, be beyond repair. These personal satellite systems require a dish, an LMB which is the gadget collecting the signal at the centre of the dish, cables to carry the signal, a set top box and a card that unscrambles the encrypted signal. APOMA has contacted inoncerns of late have been raised stallers to gain an idea of the over contract changes by BHP costs of installation and will upBilliton regarding the Copper date the community when new Sands housing arrangements. information comes to light. The Monitor was told the clause in the Copper Sands housing contracts preventing owners from selling their property within the ﬁrst three years of ownership was removed. This would eﬀectively allow residents to place their property on the open market instead of having to sell back to BHP Billiton. Concerns were sparked over this statement, with residents speculating that the purpose of the change was to allow employhas occurred, which certainly is unlike anything anyone has seen ees who were retrenched to sell their houses and move on. Hence those speculating took before.” Weak commodity prices, it as an indicator that more job cuts by BHP metals price volatility and low Billiton are imminent as there would be no demand would continue in the clause to keep residents in town. Family and Youth Oﬃcer Tom Beever short to mid-term but the companies view of the future is optimistic. “In the long term, we expect continued strong growth in demand for commodities from China and other emerging economies,” it said. “We continue to focus on our cost performance and expect to see the beneﬁts of falling input prices, albeit with some lag,” BHP said. As demand returns, commodity prices would rise rapidly and supply would have reduced due to competitors who cut back on capital investment now. Tolhurst State Manager Brian Dunn said BHP wanted to be in a good position once demand returned because ﬁrst movers would be winners. “They have said they want to continue to invest in the down cycle – either by expansion or acquisition,” he said. “I’d imagine Olympic Dam forms part of that.” Mr Kloppers gave no indication of any change in timetable for Olympic Dam.
Olympic Dam Safe
Despite a massive fall in profits reported by BHP Billiton at the release of their half yearly results last week, analysts are saying the Olympic Dam expansion project is safe and on track. The company’s pre-tax proﬁt from July to December 31 fell to $6.9 billion from $9.1 billion in the equivalent period of last year. Cash generation in the period was very strong, with operating cash ﬂow hitting a record $13.1 billion in the period, up 74pc on a year-on-year basis Olympic Dam is one of the company’s most valuable assets and is not expected to be under threat despite cutting jobs world wide, including 200 working on the expansion project in Adelaide. Bell Potter Securities State Manager Ashley Kelly recently reported: “Olympic Dam is a mature asset and is such a highquality, low-cost, long-duration operation that I don’t think you could be negative about it.” Marius Kloppers, BHP’s chief executive, admitted he had been shocked by the depth of the ﬁnancial crisis and its eﬀect on commodity prices. “We, like most other people, did not see the speed or dramatic nature of the downturn that
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said the rumour has had people worried for their jobs. “It’s made people feel vulnerable and it’s got them expecting more bad things to come,” he said. The Monitor contacted BHP Billiton regarding these rumours of contract changes and potential retrenchments. Olympic Dam Vice President Human Resources, Paul Walters, said, “As a general rule, BHP Billiton does not comment on rumour or speculation.” However, Mr Walters did conﬁrm that no such changes to Copper Sands contracts have occurred. “To date, BHP Billiton has not lifted (or been approached to lift) any caveats on any Copper Sands house.” Mr Walters also went on to say there have been no employee retrenchments at Olympic Dam, though he was unable to comment on whether residents should expect any retrenchments in the future.
“In terms of the day-to-day running of the business we can say that we constantly monitor, review and modify our business operations as part of normal practices,” he said. “It is widely known that commodity prices have fallen steeply in recent months and that the world’s economy has begun to tighten. To ensure the company continues to deliver value for shareholders it is duty bound to review all of its global operations, including Olympic Dam.” Any changes to BHP Billiton’s global operating strategy will be reported through the Australian Stock Exchange. To date, there has been no report of any changes to the ASX. BHP Billiton assures the community the Copper Sands Housing contracts have not been changed. Pictured are Copper Sands houses.
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Andamooka School thriving A
By Zak Zeptner
fter years of turmoil and uncertainty, the Andamooka Rural Childcare Centre is doing better than ever. The journey for this small outback school has been tough, with ﬁres tearing through the facility and the threat of closure impending. Yet despite this, the school has managed a miraculous comeback, becoming the state’s second rural childcare centre, in an eﬀort the school and community are proud of.
“It’s been a long journey but in lots of ways we’ve evolved into something that the community wants and really suits the town in Andamooka,” said Principal Angela Turner. “When I came here ﬁve years ago, there was a clear plan for the school which included an Early Years program, good literacy and numeracy levels and someone who cared about the community running the school. We’ve really come to fruition with that.” The school oﬀers a range of programs and activities for students and community members, essentially acting as a
“community hub” for Andamooka. Several initiatives are in place at the Children’s Centre, including a youth club, a homework program, an active after school program, coﬀee mornings for parents and an adult learning program which enables adults to make use of the library for personal study. Ms Turner says it is the size of the school that makes it so successful. “Childcare is diﬃcult to get but because this is a small centre, we have really low ratios, one or even two adults to four children, which makes it easier for staﬀ to be ﬂexible with children.
“Roxby has really good services and the people are good at what they do but because we’re small, we tend to suit kids with needs outside the square, such as those with speech diﬃculties or ADHD, for example.” Ms Turner stresses the Centre is very play based, saying staﬀ have been able to attend several Training and Development courses on early learning. Ms Turner is so proud of the Centre and staﬀ she went on to say they went to a Training and Development on Post Natal Depression and when they told the instructor what the Cen-
tre had been doing, she was apparently shocked, as they already knew much of what the training was about. “I live in Roxby and work out here and the Centre caters for all my needs because I have my children go to the childcare and then I go to work and then it has the mothers group; everything gets catered for,” said mother of two Mandy Kerby. Angela Turner went on to describe a major area of work is literacy and numeracy. “One of the things I’m really proud of is all of our kids who sat the Basic Skills Test passed and were at the national average or above and that is a big achievement.” She went on to say the problem solving skills the children are taught tend to relate to real life situations, such as having the students plan the yearly budget or the costs for an upcoming camp. “When I ﬁrst came in ﬁve years ago we were very low in our basic skills stuﬀ and now we’re really successful in that area,” said Ms Turner. Ms Turner believes the school will continue to grow with the proposed expansion of Olympic Dam, however remains conﬁdent the Centre will always be a “specialist school”. “Despite the school being raised to the ground, we still managed to be doing all the things in the ﬁve year plan and I think that’s pretty miraculous. “As a community, we’re not saying we’re better than Roxby, we’re saying that we are a part of it and we want people to start using some of the resources and facilities here.” The students at the Andamooka Children’s Centre are thriving with all there is on offer to them.
News in brief
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RBA predicts more job cuts The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is predicating further slowdown in the Australian economy which will bring the growth to just .25 percent by the middle of the year. Further signiﬁcant rises in unemployment are expected. In a recent policy statement on monetary policy the RBA says there was a marked deterioration in world economic conditions late last year. In its latest policy statement on monetary policy, the RBA says labour market conditions have begun to soften because of slowing demand and activity, suggesting substantial job losses in coming months. Interest rates are expected to continue to fall as inﬂationary pressures ease.
The Reserve Bank says Australia could still avoid slipping into recession, with aggressive interest rate cuts and the Federal Government’s stimulus measures helping to cushion the country from the worst of the global ﬁnancial crisis. Australia has been particularly aﬀected by the slowdown in its major trading partners, Japan and China, where output has virtually ground to a halt. The central bank acknowledges the combination of its deep interest rate cuts since September, and the Federal Government’s stimulus packages may be enough to protect Australia from a recession, if demand rebounds faster than is currently expected.
Four years of deficits: Foley A further $880 million to be wiped from the South Australian Governments tax revenue over the next four years will play havoc with the States ﬁnances The ﬁnancial crisis has now slashed a total of $1.5 billion from the State’s GST revenue since the State budget was delivered less than a year ago. The Treasurer Kevin Foley says it is a staggering collapse in tax revenue and will put the budget further into the red. “On today’s projection I have to be honest, all four years are in deﬁcit,” he said. “We’ve seen in those subsequent years, the next three or four years, we’ve lost a further $250 million of GST revenue, you know, we got that news only a matter of a
few days ago.” Mr Foley has ruled out tax increases but not further job cuts in the public sector. He says the hopes the State’s triple-A credit rating will remain. “I’m not expecting to lose it but I never expected to be confronted with the ﬁnancial crisis that we’re currently confronting,” he said. “I’m sure my political opponents will make hay out of this but we had a $450 million surplus at 30th June, now we’re facing hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars in deﬁcit all because we’ve lost GST revenue.”
Union concern over Bridgestone shut down The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says it wants to ensure that some 60 employees of Adelaide plant of tyre manufacture Bridgestone are paid during a planned two-week shutdown. The Salisbury plant will be closed from April 14-27, as Bridgestone attempt to clear a backlog of stock caused by the global economic slowdown. Union assistant secretary Colin Fenney says there is uncertainty as to whether all of them will have enough leave to cover the time oﬀ. “We’re hoping that they do have suﬃ-
cient leave to cover this - that’s the process we’re going through at the moment to ﬁnd out who’s got leave who hasn’t and where the money’s coming from for them,” he said. “We’re really hopeful there’s suﬃcient leave for the people.” Mr Fenney says Bridgestone has also reduced production by about 2,000 units to 7,000 per day. He says effects from the shutdown could be ampliﬁed by others planned at Holden.
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Tax Bonus on the way soon Money from the Federal Governments Tax Bonus will start ﬂowing into your bank accounts from April, but only if the Taxation ofﬁce has your correct address or bank account details says Commissioner D’Ascenzo of the Australian Tax Oﬃce. Ta x C o m m i s s i o n e r Michael D’Ascenzo today announced that work is underway to ensure the Tax Oﬃce can start paying the Australian Government’s tax bonus from early April 2009. “At this stage we believe most eligible people won’t have to do anything to receive the proposed payment,” Mr D’Ascenzo said. “By using information in people’s 2007-08 tax return we will work out who is eligible and the best way to get the payment to them. “Most people have already lodged their 2007-08 return with us, but if you haven’t, don’t leave it any longer.” The proposed tax bonus will only be paid to those who have their 2007-08 return in by 30 June 2009. “Our e-tax service will remain available for those who want to do their own return online, or people should contact their tax agent. “We will send the payment to the address or bank account people nominated as their preference for the 2007-08 tax return. “You will get your pay-
ment faster if we have your bank account details,” Mr D’Ascenzo said. To ensure money goes into the right bank account or the cheque is delivered to the correct address in early April 2009, people should contact the Tax Office by the middle of March if they need to change address or bank details. “If you have not provided bank details in your return, you may provide them now so that we can pay the bonus directly to your bank account. “If we don’t have your bank details, we will send a cheque to your latest postal address,” Mr D’Ascenzo said. People can call the Tax Ofﬁce on 1300 686 636 if they need to change or provide their details. Those who use a tax agent may also wish to use a diﬀerent address or personal bank account for this one-oﬀ payment. “If your agent manages payments and correspondence for you, we won’t necessarily have your personal bank account or postal address details. “If you want us to make this payment into your personal bank account or send a cheque to an address other than the one you usually use through your tax agent, call us on 1300 686 636.
Anika Robbertse and Renee Rohrlach are amongst the students to benefit from the funding.
RDAS receives funding Roxby Downs Area School will be one of ﬁfty-ﬁve schools to share $1.9 million in grants to introduce programs that better prepare students for life beyond school. Roxby Downs Area School Principal Kath Macalister said she was approached last year by Professor Martin Westwall of Neuroscience at Flinders University, who asked if RDAS would like to put in an application for phase two of the School to Work program. “My answer was most certainly,” said Mrs Macalister. In partnership with Woomera and Port Augusta, the funding RDAS is to receive will be spent on a maths/science project that extends and expands on the robotics work
the school has been doing to date. In the second year of the Rann Government’s School to Work initiative, the 55 schools will introduce 64 programs under one of four School to Work banners. Roxby Downs will join 15 other schools across the state in part of the Mathematics and Science Program, which will see schools, universities and industries team to encourage more students to study these subjects and pursue them as careers. “Last year we announced the $5.7 million School to Work initiative to support our new South Australia n Certiﬁcate of Education (SACE),” said Education Minister Jane Lomax-Smith. “Many schools successfully pioneered
programs that encourage young South Australians to stay engaged in education and training, and to be better prepared for their futures.” The School to Work initiatives are part of a plan to build a strong, skilled workforce to support the future knowledge and skill demands of South Australia. “We want all young people to do well and leave school with the right skills to take up jobs and training in areas where they are most needed and suited,” said Dr LomaxSmith. Other banners under the initiative include the Industry Pathway Program, the Literacy and numeracy Program and the First Generation Program.
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Red Cross launches an Australian first: Online CPR
he benefits of Red Cross’s on line CPR course willl be most appreciated in the outback and remote areas. Too often the tyranny of distance prevents volunteers and professionals from receiving important training. Online CPR is a web-based version of the highly regarded CPR course already run by Red Cross. The course takes just over an hour to complete and ﬁnishes with a quiz. It features Red Cross CPR material using text, audio, images and animation to make it educational, interesting and engaging. Once the course has been completed, a student can book a time to do a practical assessment with a certiﬁed trainer at a Red Cross training location. A student who successfully completes the course will received a Statement of At-
tainment for the nationally recognised unit of competency from the Health Training Package. By oﬀering the course online for just $55, Red Cross hopes to greatly increase the number of people who are proﬁcient in CPR, short for cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Red Cross national manager of First Aid, Virginia Leafe, said CPR was an important life skill that every Australian should learn. “We have many examples of lives that have been saved by someone, either a family member or a bystander, who have applied CPR and are able to keep the victim stable before the arrival of paramedics,” she said. “In the event of an emergency, any CPR is better than no CPR.” Register for the course by enrolling online at http://redcross.e3learning.com. au/. The course costs $55 and for maximum ﬂexibility can be started immediately or at a time suited to individual circumstances, such as after work or in the lunch-break.
30 pallets of used blankets from the Villages were donated to St Vinnies by BHP Billiton last week.
HP Billiton’s Roxby and Olympic Dam Villages were last week stripped of linen and replaced with new bedding materials. Described as a “once oﬀ event due to the Sodexo and ESS changeover”, the removal of the linen sparked concerns from community members it was being disposed of inappropriately. The Monitor received information BHP Billiton was transporting the old linen to the dump with no consideration whether or not it should go to various charitable organisations. According to Olympic Dam Vice
President Human Resources Paul Walters, BHP Billiton’s villages’ linen was disposed of in a considerate manner. “A minimum of 10 pallets of the better quality linen has been sent to the St Vincent de Paul Society in Adelaide,” he said. “Any linen still in reasonable condition was donated to St Vinnies. We then oﬀered a wide range of local businesses, contractors and organisations access to the remainder, and anything left over in poor condition was then disposed of.” The Roxby Village contains 500 rooms and Olympic Dam Village has 1500 rooms, which would contain a
considerable amount of linen to be simply thrown away, however BHP Billiton is adamant this was a once oﬀ event. “We have a regular maintenance plan in place that results in only small amounts of linen being replaced when it is no longer in a usable condition, however this is only a small amount,” said Mr Walters. “We donate anything we can to charities and the rest is disposed of.” The Monitor received information after Mr Walters made his statement from BHP Billiton stating 30 pallets of linen were donated to St Vinnies and 950 towels went to the Olympic Dam on-site laundries.
The online CPR course can help save lives.
An initiative of the Environment Forum
3 Green tips to simplify your life: re-use smart 1. Save your old margarine containers, ice cream containers and egg cartons and donate to a local school. 2. Blankets, towels, old carpets, general pet accessories such as leashes and collars will be accepted and reused by K9 Dog Rescue, 9581 9005 or visit www.k9dogrescue.com 3. Buy reusable/ rechargeable batteries or recharge your old batteries with the new rechargers that work on all batteries.
Arts and Culture Forum 15/02/09 time TBA Health Forum 17/02/09 7.30pm Alcohol and Substance Abuse Partnership 18/02/09 7.30pm Community Board (public meeting) 02/03/09 7.30pm
GENERAL INFORMATION BOARD MEETINGS
If you would like to do a presentation to the Community Board please contact Michelle Hales to organise a date and time to be placed on the agenda. Requests close on the Wednesday prior to the Board meeting. Board meetings usually take place on the last Monday of the month.
Members of the community are encouraged to join any of the forums or partnerships. If you would like to join the Arts and Culture Forum, Education and Workplace Training Forum, Family and Youth Forum, Environment Forum, Sport and Recreation Forum or Volunteering Partnership you are welcome to attend any of the meetings. Meeting times appear in the Monitor on a regular basis. If you would like to join the Health Forum and/or Alcohol and Substance Abuse Partnership please contact Michelle Hales on 0418 833 818 or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.
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Regional News in Brief Federal funding roles out SA Councils stand to gain almost triple the funding for community infrastructure as a result of a $500m boost to the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP) announced in Prime Minister Rudd’s second ﬁscal stimulus package last week. “That’s great news for sporting groups, library and community centre users and everyone who uses any public spaces and facilities across the State as well as for stimulating the economy,” said LGA President Mayor Joy Baluch (Pt Augusta). “We’ve been lobbying Canberra to get more support for communities on infrastructure since our 2005 sustainability inquiry,” she said. The ﬁrst of the Councils to receive funds were also announced last week with more than $4.4 million for 12 community infrastructure projects in 10 regional communities including $100,00 to the Coober Pedy Council for the construction of a new airport terminal, and an indoor sport complex in Gladstone has been given the go-ahead with a $2 million handout towards the project. Roxby Downs Council Administrator Bill Boehm said, “Roxby Downs Council has made a submission to the Infrastructure Program and we’re waiting for a response. The increased funding increases the chances of our project being amongst the few that ﬁnally receive funding.” LGA President Mayor Joy Baluch says SA Councils should be the best prepared in the nation to make eﬀective use of the funding as a result of Councils focusing on upgrading their infrastructure plans over the past two years. Mayor Baluch said that while this was still a small amount in relation to the estimated $12 billion of community infrastructure for which SA Councils are custodians, it was a great initiative and could prove crucial if well used by Councils.
Who rules the regional taxies? A new category of licensing for country taxis has been created to address concern from some operators that taxis have been operating unlicensed in most regional areas of South Australia. The licensing and accreditation of taxis is a role for councils, but the Local Government Association has long argued that its members have neither the expertise nor desire to license taxis. The Roxby Downs Council has not regulated taxis for some time. Mount Gambier is the only regional council with up-to-date taxi bylaws. Heather Webster from the SA Government’s Public Transport Division says a new category has been created under the local government act for country taxis. She says it will give a safety net to councils that choose not to regulate taxis in their areas. “It also allows local government to continue to regulate taxis under their own bylaws,” she said.
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We are in the worst ﬁnancial crisis since the Great Depression and the experts say we haven’t bottomed out yet. The worst of it is nobody seems to know what to do. It seems to me the world’s ﬁnancial leaders and governments are madly walking around in the dark trying to double guess their way out of a self generated disaster. Already businesses have gone, jobs have gone and millions of dollars have gone. Ordinary everyday people who have followed all of the rules according to their ﬁnancial advisers, ﬁnancial commentators and governments have lost their hard earned wealth. So what can we do about it, how can we save ourselves? We will all be in diﬀerent circumstances: haviing a job or no job, saving and investments or no savings or investments, a mort-
Financial Crisis: The basic survival kit
gage or no mortgage. There is no one solution. There are, however, a few basic rules that apply at whatever point you are at on the money cycle. If ﬁnancial hardship has befallen or is yet to befall you and your family, ﬁrst seek immediate assistance. Once the financial crunch comes and you cannot pay your bills, mortgage, credit cards or provide for your family, start talking to the appropriate people. The worst thing is to stick your head in the sand - the problems never go away. As bad as it may seem it’s time to get detached from the problem, take the emotion right out of it. It’s only money. I am not being ﬂippant here; in this country they will not take you out and
shoot you if you owe money, they won’t even toss you into debtors prison. You will always be able to eat, your children will be able to go to school and you will be safe. Your desired lifestyle may take a hammering but focus on what’s important. Before the real crunch comes for you, start talking to your creditors or ﬁnancial advisers. Create a contingency plan. Financial hardship often brings with it a sense of failure. The only failure here is that of a global ﬁnancial system that was driven by greed and in doing so has impacted on every individual and family in the world. There is no personal shame here. The other by product of diﬃcult times is often an increased stress on relationships. If the tightening ﬁnancial situation is
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causing a tightening of the relationship, act now and talk with someone. There are several choices in Roxby Downs, Andamooka and Woomera. Due to incessant doom and gloom in the media for the past 5 months, which will continue, it is easy to get caught up in the dialog and talk ourselves into our own ﬁnancial crisis where it does not exist. You may have lost some value in your assets but if you have a job or income can meet your expenses and you are in a good position at this time. Be wisely cautious but do not become fearful or stop spending all together. We all have a role to play in softening the ﬁnancial crisis in our country and our towns. Save wisely and spend cautiously. Ray Goldie
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Uranium explorer ignoring law, say Greens Greens MP Mark Parnell says a mining company which illegally dumped waste in Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia has tried to resume exploration without government approval. SA Mineral Resources Minister Paul Holloway says he was unaware that Marathon Resources had served a notice of entry on the sanctuary owners. Mr Parnell says it is proof that the company should not be allowed to continue its uranium exploration work. “This company swore that it had turned over a new leaf, that it was going to do things by the book and it was going to communicate better with all the stakeholders,” he said. “What we’ve found instead is that they are so desperate to get back in, to recommence their exploring activities, that they haven’t even waited for the proper processes to ﬁnish.” Mr Holloway has told State Parliament the completion of the site clean-up is yet to be formally signed-oﬀ by the Government and amendments must also pass Parliament. “I certainly would not be contemplating any further activity by Marathon at least until that legislation was in place,” he said. “That might be well some time away so it is certainly news to me that Marathon have served a new notice of entry.” Marathon says its notice of entry is only to allow rehabilitation and repair work to continue.
Oil found near Moomba Beach Petroleum says it has discovered an oil deposit in the Cooper-Eromanga Basin, 90 kilometres north-west of Moomba. The deposit is expected to produce about 500,000 barrels of oil. It is the exploration company’s sixth oil discovery since it began drilling in the PEL-92 block of the basin in 2002. In that time, seven million barels have been discovered with a net proﬁt of $350 million.
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Renovations finally begin By Zak Zeptner
After three long years of waiting, the Roxby Downs Community Club is ﬁnally being renovated. With planning over and the original deadline of October 2007 long past, the bricks are ﬁnally set to fall on Monday February 9. “It’s been progressing very slowly but things are happening now which is good,” said Club Manager Steve Ellard. Steve says the lengthy wait has been due to several factors, including proving the Club had ownership of the land, applying for a bottle shop licence and several legal issues. “It’s been a long haul but it’s ﬁnally happening now,” said Steve. The Club will be remodelled similarly to the Highway Inn on Anzac Highway, as the same architects are behind the design. A bottle shop exclusive to members will be added to the back of the Club and is the ﬁrst call for the construction crew, as well as the “behind the scenes” part of the building. “A bottle shop is a big thing as it is a new concept for a community club,” said Steve. When asked how he perceives this new bottle shop will aﬀect the current one in town, Steve admitted he has no idea. “Members here are looking forward to the new bottle shop because we will obviously be very competitive in price but our bottle shop is nowhere near as big as the one up the road and it’s a service to the members of our club. There will probably be a lot of beneﬁts to being a member here and I think there is enough people and business in town to for two bottle shops to survive.” The gaming room is set to undergo a dramatic change, being extended to hold up to 40 machines, instead of the original 20 and the Steak House Restaurant will be upgraded to seat up to 100 people and contain an alfresco dinning area, giving smokers the option to book an outside table. The Cruisers Bar will be transformed into a fully functional sports bar, encompassing Keno, pool tables, the gaming room and hopefully TAB, which has not yet been conﬁrmed. An outdoor courtyard will be built and the beer garden will be upgraded, as well as the main bar, creating “quite a big renovation”. “We can barely keep up with the demand for the facility, with functions, seminars and conferences so we’ve built in a board room and conference facilities so we can keep up with the demand.” The constrution phase will be approximately 38 weeks, however the Club will remain open to patrons throughout the entire renovation. “We are doing it all in three stages so it shouldn’t really aﬀect customers that much,” said Steve. “Being non-proﬁt we don’t have money in the bank so we have to trade the whole time the renovations are being done.” While one area is being renovated, the other areas will operate, with the
restaurant expected to be out of action the longest. Throughout the reconstruction various events and activities will move from area to area. For example while the main bar area is renovated Saturdays Nights at the club will temporarily be held in the cruisers bar. “We’re all very excited but kind of over the waiting,” said Steve when asked how the staﬀ feel about the renovations. “We’re looking forward to the new and improved club and the staﬀ are very excited about the training they are going to be put through. “The staﬀ will be trained in proper ala carte service so the restaurant will have proper service in there - not that it doesn’t now - they’ll just get some more training.” Obviously, with such a large renovation, costing approximately $4.2 million, new staﬀ will need to be hired, however, Steve is unsure whether they will be sourced locally or from Adelaide. “We’ve trained in house in the past but we will need to hire people with some experience within the industry,” said Steve. According to Steve, the reaction from the community over the renovations has been very positive. “Basically, we’re doing it all for the community. We are the Community Club and the only way the renovations will impact on the community is over the next
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12 to 18 months we wont be able to oﬀer as much sponsorship,” said Steve. “Instead of monetary sponsorship we’re giving the community an A grad venue they can go to, which Roxby deserves. “This poor old girl is 21 years old and has served her purpose and now she needs a new dress and some new makeup to come into the 21st century.” With the impending expansion of the Olympic Dam mine, these renovations are certainly welcome and will provide a greater facility for the residents of Roxby Downs. To become a member of the Community Club, ask the staﬀ at the bar. Currently, singles can become a member for $25 and families for $35, however this may change in the future. Membership allows people to accesses cheap meals on member’s night, be in the draw for fantastic prizes and all money
goes back into the community. It is time to say goodbye to the past and welcome the future with the brand new Roxby Downs Community Club. With excitement high and renovations underway, the residents of Roxby will soon be treated to an “A grade venue”.
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FRIDAY 9am 9am-2pm 2-2.30pm 2:30-3pm 3-4pm 4-5pm 5pm
JOB BOARD RoxFM Mix COUNCIL SHOW with Kristina RoxFM Mix PRINCESS PRESENTS with Suzie TLC with Casey JOB BOARD
SATURDAY 9-10am SUNDAY 8am-8pm 8-10pm MONDAY 9am 9am-12pm
90s at Noon with Kristina RoxFM Mix OCEANS OF MUSIC with Will and Fish RoxFM Mix JOB BOARD RoxFM Mix Rock Doctor with Krista REQUEST SHOW with Scott FOCUS ON with Scott
TUESDAY 9am 9-11.30 pm 11.30 - 1.30 pm 1.30-5pm 5pm 5-8pm 8-9.30pm
WEDNESDAY 9am 9-10am 10am-1pm 1pm Kristina RoxFM Mix 1-4pm SUNDAY MELTDOWN (Heavy) with Sam 4-5pm 5pm 5-6pm JOB BOARD 6-7pm RoxFM Mix 7-9pm THE ROCK with Stephanie, Carmen and Yvonne
ABOVE: Take a look at the old Community Club, for soon it will be unrecognisable, replaced at after years of waiting with a new and improved look.
JOB BOARD RoxFM Mix BLAST FROM THE PAST with Annette RoxFM Mix JOB BOARD RoxFM Mix OVERLOAD with Soroush and Bec JOB BOARD CHOOSE LIFE with Tracey RoxFM Mix WHAT’S COOKING AT THE CLUB? With RoxFM Mix TLC with Casey JOB BOARD CHAPS & BUTTONS with Chaps and Buttons RoxFM Mix LATIN ROX with Rafael and Sol
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Valentines Day V
The History of Valentines Day
Love lotteries were an annual ceremony where exchanging love messages and Saint Valentine alentines Day is a time of love, to show from Saint Valentine. that special someone exactly how you Saint Valentine was a Roman who was executed boys drew names of girls from an urn to honour became the patron saint of lovers. the Goddess Juno, and couples were formed for feel about them and how much they for conducting illegal marriages. The love story of Saint Valentine is inspirational mean to you. Valentine lived under the rule of Roman Em- the year. but it was the day of love lotteries that truly gave While gifts of love and passion are exchanged during this day of aﬀection, many have come to know Valentines Day as a Hallmark holiday, forgetting the true meaning behind the day. In fact, many people do not know the history behind Valentines Day and continue to believe it to be a time of simply love letters, sexy gifts and passion. There are many versions of the creation of Valentines Day, though most believe it originated
peror Claudius II, who outlawed marriage for a time as it was the only way young men could be exempt from joining the army. Valentine, who was a priest, ignored this law and secretly performed marriages for the people of Rome. When caught, Valentine was sentenced to death by stoning and decapitation. His death was February 14, 269 AD, which is the same day that was devoted to love lotteries.
Of course, in keeping with the theme of love, the story of Saint Valentine goes on to say when he was imprisoned, the people came to visit him in jail, giving him ﬂowers and slipping him notes expressing their shared feelings of love over war. Legend continues, stating Valentine fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and on the night he died, left her a note which he signed “from your Valentine”. Gradually, February 14 became the date for
Top 10 Romance Films
Top Ten Love Songs
To get you in the mood the day of love, or Valentines Day as it is called, The Monitor is providing you with a list of the top ten romance movies of all time, according to the International Movie Database. Valentines Day is a time to spend with your loved one and what better way to do that than by sitting down and sharing in a ﬁlm of romance and love. As voted by the world, the top ten romance ﬁlms of all time are:
To help set the mood for romance on Valentines Day, The Monitor is providing you with a list of the top ten love songs all times, as well as the top ten teen love songs. If you need something to create that perfect atmosphere to put you and your lover in the mood for romance, why not try playing a few of the following songs to pluck on that heartstring.
1. At Last by Etta James 2. Unchained Melody by Righteous Brother 3. Lady by Styx 4. With or Without You by U2 5. Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley 6. Breath by Faith Hill 7. Love Song by The Cure 8. My First, My Last, My Everything by Barry White 9. Fallin’ by Alicia Keys 10. Wonderful Tonight, by Eric Clapton
1. Sluzhebnyy roman 2. Casablanca 3. Rear Window 4. The Big Parade 5. Sunset Blvd 6. It’s a Wonderful Life 7. Slumdog Millionaire 8. WALL-E 9. Vertigo 10. Fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain, Le
Star in your own romance novel T
he search for the perfect Valentines Day gift is often difficult with many options out there to choose from but what is more romantic that creating a romance novel between you and your loved one? Unfortunately, talking the time to write a book can be long and arduous, which is why entrepreneur Katie Olver has designed U Star Novels. Having taken feedback f rom women and men around the world to create romantic an erotic novels that make perfect Valentines Day gifts, U Star Novels allows you to fill in your details and have your very own romance novel published. Simply visit the website, fill in your details and sit back and wait for yours
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birth to Valentines Day. Now, people all over the world celebrate the day by writing letters to loved ones, sending gifts such as ﬂowers and hosting balls and feats on this day of love. While it has become extremely commercialised, let us not forget the true meaning of Valentines Day and take the opportunity to let the person you love know how much they mean to you.
and your lover’s very own love adventure to arrive in the mail. With a collection of story settings and plots to choose from, including being undercover on a secret mission in Barcelona, being chased by diamond smugglers in the exotic French Rivera or discovering a hidden tomb in Naples, these novels are a great way to see you and your lover entwined into a steamy love story of romance and adventure. When filling out the online order form, you will be askedto provide details such as character names, eye colour, hair colour, favourite foods, music and more to co-author a 160-180 page paperback novel staring you on every page. To learn more about this interesting and romantic concept and to receive a free excerpt from the books, long on to the website www.ustarnovels.com. au and let the pleasure begin.
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Out and About ABOVE: The thong cake. RIGHT: Regina and Tyson celebrating Regina’s 30th Birthday.
ABOVE: The girls joined in the Aloha theme with their tropical outfits: Sol Pizanez, Tracey Oldfield, Erin Robertson, Kerry Dunn, Reg Qualmann, Marsha Nottle, Lisa Rowe (Orroroo), Danielle Gillies and Tammy Mcarthy (Orroroo).
ABOVE: Loud shirts and garlands were the official attire of the party.
ABOVE: Regina Celebrated with her sisters, Kylie Brooks (Mt Barker), Catherine Hilder (Perth), Shane Rowe (Carrieton) and Justine Reynolds (Jamestown).
ABOVE: This buddding Photographer eyes off the cake. RIGHT: Des kilroy and Idelle Diement.
ABOVE: Erin, Reg and Tracey. LEFT: Andres in a Party Mood. RIGHT: Tony Rigden, Tom Redway and Berie Reid.
BELOW: Carherine Hilder (Perth), Shane Rowe (Carrieton) and Louise Squires (Euchunga) are just three of the guests who had traveled long distances to attend Regina’s 30th Birthday Party.
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Out and About ABOVE: The Party Girl Chelsie Vandenberg at her 21st. ABOVE: Adam and narelle Mason enjoy the party.
ABOVE: Matt Schodde helped Chelsie to celebrate her 21st Birthday. RIGHT: The three sisters: Melenee Ellard of Wilmington, Vicky Mason of Roxby and Tania Mils of NSW.
ABOVE: Matt Schodde, Verity Caserly and Zak Zeptner were amongst the party goers who celebrated Chelsie’s 21st.
ABOVE: Local beautician Julie Tovo recently had a hens night. The Roxby girls traveled to Pt Lincoln for the party where a good time was had by all. From left: Kelly Spillman, Kylie Dietman, Julie Tovo, Prue Duldig and Dearne Mason.
ABOVE: Mitch, Adam and Luke Ryan flaunted their true colours in the OD den at Chelsie’s party.
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Adelaide’s newest cruise liner
he Athena, a passenger liner that carries a major passenger ship based at Outer Harbor in a unique way to see more of our state.” The Athena cruise ship will oﬀer tourists the up to 600 passengers, docked for the Adelaide and is even more thrilled it will launch its maiden season in South Australia. chance to cruise the State’s coastlines as well as ﬁrst time in Adelaide last week. “This will bring more visitors to our state and, Gulf St Vincent and the Spencer Gulf.
The cruise liner is South Australia’s newest tourism venture which Tourism Minster Jane LomaxSmith says will entice a new breed of visitors to SA and provide an estimated $1.3 million boost to the economy. The ship will make cruises out of Adelaide to Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln and will embark on one way voyages Perth and back, visiting SA ports seven times this season. Last Thursday, the Athena made its stop in Port Lincoln, carrying 400 passengers. Port Lincoln locals, including the Deputy Mayor, were waiting at the Wharf to welcome the ship and its passengers. Port Lincoln Tourism oﬃcials said it was a “very successful day”. Shuttle busses ran all day, transporting the passengers around the town and region, including several tuna farm. The local retail and hospitality venues in Port Lincoln all saw a large boost in sales, proving this new vessel will be a ﬁnancial beneﬁt to South Australia’s economy. Dr Lomax-Smith said she is delighted to have
in particular, our regional areas,” said Dr Lomax“The Athena will provide our regional ports Smith. with enormous beneﬁts and will help us in our The Tourism Minister said the announcement of goal of reaching $6.3 billion in visitor expenditure the Athena in Outer Harbor is a vote of conﬁdence in 2014.” in South Australia as a leading cruise destination. Originally a transatlantic lines, the 16,200 ton “This venture has the strong support of the Rann Government because we see value in growing the ‘southern Ocean Cruising’ concept for Adelaide and regional South Australia,” she said. In 2005-06, 14 cruise ships brought 13,300 passengers and 6,600 crew to South Australian shores, injecting up to $2.5 million into the State’s economy. “This season we are expecting 21 cruise ships carrying up to 23,000 passengers and 9,300 crew, outstripping our previous record year,” said Dr Lomax-Smith. “This is an exciting new product to add to South Australia’s tourism industry, one that will oﬀer visitors The Athena Passenger Liner made its first stop last week, transporting 400 passengers to Port Lincoln. Advertisement
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The poker season is now on at the Roxby Downs Club and Andamooka Opal Hotel.
To be eligible for up to $21,000, you must enter into a contract to purchase or construct a home between 14 October 2008 and 30 June 2009.
he Roxby Downs Community Club has begun its latest season of their Texas Hold ’em poker competitions.
In conjunction with the Andamooka Opal Hotel, ten rounds are held over ten Monday nights, with the top players facing oﬀ for the ultimate poker prize. The winner of the season is awarded a trip to Adelaide with all accommodation paid for, as well as entry into the World Texas Hold ’em stakes at the Casino. “It’s been very successful,” said Club Manager Steve Ellard. “Some nights we have over 40 people playing, depending on shifts people are on but it’s been a lot more successful than I thought it would be.” Originally an idea by the Opal Hotel, Steve was approached and asked if the Club would be interested in running the competition and splitting the costs. “I’m lucky because they organise the whole lot, we just pay what we need to pay and do what we need to do,” said Steve. “It’s just another thing to do in town as there are minimal things to do entertainment wise. It just oﬀers a diﬀerent concept; something diﬀerent to oﬀer to people.” To become involved, make your way to the Community Club and register your name an hour prior to the game on Monday night. Entry is free, with players beginning with an initial $4,000 in chips, however when players order food and drinks over the bar, receipts are stamped and can be claimed for more chips, with a maximum of $40 being reclaimed, which equates to another $4,000 in chips. Players who are knocked out of the game also have the chance to be reinstated at half time when a wild card is drawn and one player is invited back into the game for a second chance. “It’s really good; I’ve come to a few nights and played a couple of times and it is a fun night,” said Steve. “The prize is quite good; you get to go to the casino, have your entry fee paid and play with the big boys.” With renovations to the Club beginning, Steve says he is unsure if the poker tournament will continue in the near future. “If we have time to squeeze in another season before they renovate the main bar then we might do another season otherwise we’ll run it after the renovations,” he said. Games are held on Monday nights, beginning at 7.30pm and ending at roughly 10.30pm. Page 12 – Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
If you are a ﬁrst home buyer who purchases an existing home, you may receive an extra $7,000, taking the total payment to $14,000. If you are a ﬁrst home buyer who constructs or purchases a new home, you may receive an extra $14,000, taking the total payment to $21,000. The Boost is not means tested and can be used to buy a property of any value. To be eligible for the Boost, you must enter into a contract to purchase or construct a home between 14 October 2008 and 30 June 2009, and: > be at least 18 years of age > be an Australian citizen or permanent resident > not have previously received the First Home Owners Scheme grant, or have a spouse (or de facto) who has previously received the grant > generally not have previously owned and lived in a home, or have a spouse (or de facto) who has previously owned and lived in a home in Australia and > live in the home for a continuous period of at least 6 months, commencing within 12 months after completion or settlement.
For more information about the First Home Owners Boost, call 1800 222 282 for an information booklet or visit the website.
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Athena includes a wrap-around promenade deck, traditional wooden deck chairs, a pool, ﬁtness centre, ﬁve bars and lounges, a casino, library, boutiques, cinema and formal and casual restaurants making this a ship of style. To enquire about the Athena cruises, contact Proud Australia Holidays National Cruise Booking Centre on (08) 8311 1196 or Toll Free on 1300 854 897.
The First Home Owners Boost is part of the Australian Government’s Economic Security Strategy.
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The Challenges of Interior Design
Living Room or Family Room Design
nterior design can be challenging - it requires knowledge and skill to create a positive living space and design professionals are e living room or family room is perfectly positioned to provide theThspace which you can really have fun advice and assistance. designing. But the creation of a space which has a wonderful energy and is warm, happy and inviting is also a reﬂection of the personalities of its occupants. Following a few key tips on eﬀective interior design for the main rooms of your home will ensure that you get the inside of your home looking great. Here are some tips for Living Room or Family Room design from Domain Design a website which is an image driven, interactive website proﬁling Architects, Interior Designers and Landscape Architects and Designers. More tips and information is available on
But again, it is wise to start with a neutral palate and then add your splashes of colour. This is the room in which one of the most expensive items of furniture is housed – your sofa. If you purchase a white, tan, brown, charcoal or black sofa it should never date. You can then add cushions in a texture and colour which you love to create the mood of the room. Because cushion covers are relatively inexpensive, you can even have a number of options and change them to suit your mood. Why not cover your cushions in a fabulously textured olive green velvet for winter and a gorgeous yellow and
white ﬂoral cotton for summer? If you really do fall in love with a riotous fabric for your sofa, at least make sure that you select a style of sofa which is timeless – you can always reupholster later to totally change the look and feel of the sofa and the room. Rugs can also have a huge impact on a room. Select a plain rug if either your sofa or your cushions are patterned. If your sofa and cushions are plain, have some fun with your rug but try not to spend too much on it as this is another item which can be replaced when you feel like a change to transform the look and feel of your room. Make sure that you think about the best size for your rug. Many people buy rugs which are too small – they don’t have the desired effect. Think about whether you want your sofa to sit on the rug either in whole or in part or whether you want the rug positioned in front of the sofa. Because the size of rugs is so deceptive in big showrooms, sticky tape butchers paper together and try it out in your living or family room to arrive at the desired size before making your purchase. Artwork and ornaments are uniquely personal and have a profound impact on a room. It is perfectly acceptable to design an entire room around an amazing painting or sculpture. Similarly, it you have a much loved ornament, why not select your cushion covers to match it? Finally, muted lighting in a living or family room is paramount and can be achieved with dimmer The creation of a space that is warm, happy and inviting is a reflection of the personalities of its occupant. switches, lamps and candles.
SA Housing Industry supports stimulus package
ousing industry leaders have strongly endorsed the Federal Government’s economic stimulus package which they believe will go a long way to address a serious housing shortage in South Australia. The Government announced last week that it will spend $6.5 billion nationwide to build 20,000 new homes. David Gaffney, from the South Australian Housing Industry Association, says the announcement could not have come at a better time for the industry. “Some of the details are yet still to really materialise, so we’re uncertain as to what the ratios will be, what it does do is it does address a serious undersupply of housing in Adelaide and South Australia more broadly,” he said. “It’s going to activate the commencement of many approved, in terms of development approval, private sector developments that have stalled due to a lack of working capital.” The Real Estate Institute of South Australia (REISA) agreed that the Reserve Bank has taken the right steps to protect the Australian economy from the deepening global ﬁnancial crisis by slashing the oﬃcial cash interest rate by 100 basis points to 3.25%,. REISA President Robin Turner applauded the Reserve Bank for its 1% cut saying that it shows the RBA is in touch with homebuyers who are feeling economic pressure. “The Reserve Bank has shown it is taking all measures to ensure the protection of our national economy. The oﬃcial cash rate has now been slashed by 400 basis points since last September, taking the oﬃcial cash rate to a 45 year low.” “This signiﬁcant reduction has pro-
vided South Australian homeowners with a $300,000 variable mortgage an average saving of $180 per month.” Mr Turner said that these further cuts should stimulate consumer conﬁdence providing buyers with an incentive to enter the market. “Latest ﬁgures for the December quarter show that property is a favourable investment option, especially with house prices in South Australia remaining relatively stable as low interest rates and government initiatives assist the market. Mr Turner said that despite the economic downturn sweeping the globe, the South Australian property market has shown resilience and is well placed to tackle the challenges that 2009 may present. “The South Australian property market is well-placed for 2009 compared to other States as our house price increases have been steady and considered,” Mr Turner said. “It is important to remember that the lulls we have experienced are cyclic and history tells us that the market will ride out any tough times
The chief executive of Business SA, Peter Vaughan, says the interest rate cut and the Federal Government’s stimulus package will boost confidence throughout the economy. “It attacks on all fronts. It aﬀects both businesses, investors as well as householders and consumers, all have gained in some or part of what’s been proposed and what will be ﬁltered through,” he said. “Here is both the Government and the central bank of Australia deciding, ‘Well, we’re going to stand fast and support our economy and the people who work and live in it’ and I think both those issues will generate signiﬁcant wellbeing in Australia.”
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$285,000 + SAV ($5,000) Located in the heart of Roxby, this magnificent cafe turns over in excess of $14,000 per week and will return a working owner over $200,000 per annum. The business only trades 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday and half a day on Saturday and Sunday. The business has great staﬀ, a long term lease, excellent equipment and a real poten al to expand. If you are sick of mining have a look at this. Simon Winter 0419 828 689 www.BusinessSales.rh.com.au Web ID# R4264 www.themonitor.com.au
4 bdrm home with tiled lounge, dining, kitchen & passage, Timber kitchen with halogen lights, ornate timber ﬁreplace appearance surrounding gas heater. Large 12 x 6 x 3 m shed, above ground in ground pool with palms, citrus trees, small patch of lawn. Leased until March 2009 at $480pw. Tenants are negotiable with lease & prepared to vacate prior to lease expiry date.
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Tastefully Updated. This delightful 3 bedroom home has seen some changes, timber ﬂoating ﬂoors to kitchen, dine, lounge and hallway. The 3 bedrooms are carpeted and have built-ins, main with split system air con, dine/lounge area has split system air con, plus evaporative ducted throughout and gas heating. Additional external building c/w air con and power(ideal sewing room), roller blinds to front windows, paved pergola area, garden shed, established gardens, block size approx 700m2. Inspection highly recommended.
Be the ﬁrst to live in either of these 2 magniﬁcent brand new architecturally designed steel constructed homes. Just a short drive to Roxby Downs townshipenjoy the peace and privacy of Andamooka. Escape the heat with reverse cycle split systems throughout plus ceiling fans and the spacious open plan living, dining and entertaining areas. Sensational centrally located kitchen with quality appliances in the hub of entertaining areas, 3 great sized bedrooms all with built in robes, desks and quality window ﬁttings, 2 bathrooms, laundry and toilet. 2 large undercover patio areas at either end of the living areas, undercover car parking for 2 cars, lockable external storage areas, landscaped grounds, irrigation system + more. Come home to style and comfort each day. Available now. Contact Tania Noonan Wardle Co Real Estate 8633 4555 Tania .No onan@ wardleco.com.au
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How hot is hot?
The media is full of stores concerning the current heatwaves across Australia and particularly in our southern states with temperatures in the high 30s and 40s making it hot. Of course, what is hot is a very subjective thing if you live in a region such as Roxby Downs . Here the ‘Heat Wave’ does not last a few days, it lasts for a few months and people accept that is how it is. You take appropriate actions around cooling your house, car and body as a natural part of the day. In short you learn to live with it. If you are new to town or have a short memory you may think we are going through an extremely hot period. Sorry but the current temperatures are similar to last year. But be patient, those barmy 33 degree days will return. Of course, if you live in Adelaide or Melbourne you are not used to the current temperatures and you may not be so aware of how to look after
yourself. For the very young and elderly, the risks are even higher and may lead to a fatality A health expert warns it may take up to a year for some people to recover from the state’s current heatwave. Professor Paddy Phillips from SA Health says authorities are discovering the dramatic eﬀects of the heat. “The health impacts from a heatwave in France a number of years ago showed there were higher numbers of cardiac problems in the community for up to a year after the heatwave and that’s an ongoing impact,” he said. “Clearly everyone will be monitoring that, but even over the next few weeks there can be ongoing eﬀects from the heat.” He heat has put hospitals and clinics under signiﬁcant pressure prompting Health Minister John Hill to issue a statement to Parliament commending the services of hospitals and health care professions for their excellent
work during the current heat wave. “The South Australian health system has withstood these extraordinary circumstances very well, and has maintained a service that all South Australians can depend on,” said Mr Hill. Mr Hill went on to say many patients who have presented with heat related illnesses have still not been discharged from hospitals, perhaps conﬁrming Professor Phillips’s statements. The Minister advises all South Australians to adhere to the important health messages such as staying hydrated, avoiding strenuous activity during the hotter parts of the day and generally looking after one another, particularly the young and the elderly. “On behalf of all South Australians, I would like to thank all the staﬀ across our health system who have risen to the challenge of supporting South Australians during this diﬃcult Make sure to keep you and your kids hydrated during the heat of summer. weather.”
What’s On This Sunday 15th February 2009 9:30am—12:30pm
The Lion‛s Park
Bring Water Bottle Hat Sunscreen Something for the BBQ Anything fun!
For Further Information Contact
Petra-Community Health Nurse 8671 9020
Do you need help to stay at home? Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres Would you like information on: • a wide range of community services? • help for carers to take a break (respite)? For information about community care programs and services in your local region call Freecall* 1800 052 222. For help with emergency respite outside business hours call Freecall* 1800 059 059. Or visit your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre shopfront Or visit the website
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HEALTH ROXBY DOWNS’ FAMILY PRACTICE Phone: 8671 3231 ROXBY DOWNS’ MEDICAL PRACTICE 9:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday Saturday morning by appointment. Phone: 8671 1900 VISITING ALLIED HEALTH SERVICE DIABETES EDUCATOR - 20th Feb, 9th & 24th Apr Phone: 86485706 OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST - 20 Feb, 5th, 6th & 20th March Helps children with: play development, daily living skills, sensory issues & integration, hand skills & fine motor development such as cutting, drawing and writing. Phone: 86485800 SPEECH PATHOLOGIST - 20 Feb, 5th, 6th & 20th March Helps children with: listening, understanding, communicating / talking, feeding and behaviour management. Phone: 86485800 PHYSIOTHERAPIST - 5th & 6th March Assists with: Movement development, balance and coordination, targeting posture, muscle strength, flexibility and fitness. Phone: 86485800 COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH WORKER - 20 Feb, 5th, 6th & 20th March Specialised 1 to 1 counselling aimed at promoting mental, emotional, physical and social health for 18 to 65 year olds. Phone: 86485800 DIETITICIAN - 20th Feb & 20 March Provides advice on: healthy eating/ nutrition, introducing solids, allergies, special diets menu planning and service delivery method. Phone: 86485800 PODIATRIST - 20 Feb, 5th, 6th & 20th March A Podiatrist is a healthcare professional who diagnoses, treats, and prevents foot problems. Phone: 86485500 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE 5ht & 6th March Confidential counselling for children up to 18 years. Phone: 1800819089 HEARING SERVICES 9:00am-2:30pm Monday to Friday Phone:1800 006 303 DOCTOR’S NEW SPECIALISED DRUG Phone: 1800 700 270 (Number for Medicare Use) ROXBY DOWNS’ FAMILY AND YOUTH OFFICER Crisis and relationship councelling, mediation and support. Phone: 8671 2892 CRISIS CARE COUNSELLING Uniting Care Wesley Port Augusta Regional Women’s and Children’s Support Services: 1800 655 716 Crisis care line:13 16 11 For immediate response if feeling stressed call 0428 326 529 to speak with a counsellor 24/7 BREASTFEEDING ROXBY DOWNS’ GROUP 1:30pm - 3:00pm Third Tuesday of the month. At the Roxby Downs Public Library.
GENERAL INFORMATION SCHOOL TERMS 2008 Term 1: 27 Jan – 9 Apr Term 2: 27 Apr – 3 Jul Term 3: 20 Jul – 25 Sep Term 4: 12 Oct – 11Dec MT DARE HOTEL 8am – 9pm Open every day OUTBACK COMMUNITY GARDENS Phone: 8671 2892 ROXBY ROAD SAFE Phone: 8671 2892 www.themonitor.com.au
EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm Saturday 9:00am - 2:00pm Sunday Phone: 8671 2001 CULTURAL & LEISURE PRECINCT - MOVIES Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Phone: 8671 2001 ROXBY DOWNS TODDLERS’ STORY TIME 9:30am - 11:00am Tuesday & Thursday (repeated) Fun for young children and mums Meet at Roxby Downs Library ANDAMOOKA TODDLERS’ STORY TIME 10:30am Monday - Fun for 1-4 years. Phone: 8672 7018 Meet at Andamooka Community Library PLAYGROUP - St. Barbara’s Parish School Call Jakki: 8671 2323 PLAYGROUP - Roxby Downs Kindergarten 10:00am - 11:30am Friday ROXBY DOWNS’ HEALTH SERVICES COFFEE MORNING 9:30am - 11:00am Thusrday Meet at the Dunes Café RAPTORS CYCLING CLUB 8:00am Sunday Social bike riding group Meet at Stuart Road roundabout DADS AND KIDS For Dad’s and kid’s of all ages - 9.30am -12pm Meet at the Lions Park 3rd Sunday of every month ROXBY DOWNS’ CHILDCARE 6:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday Phone: 8671 0911 MARKET DAY - February 21st - March 21st - May 16th
COMMUNITY MEETINGS Community members are welcome to attend any meeting of the Roxby Downs Community Board, Forums and Partnerships - see schedule on the Community Matters page. For more information call Michelle Hales on 8671 0010 ROXBY DOWNS’ ROTARY CLUB 1st and 3rd Monday of the month Meet at the Dunes Café For more information contact Kaye Doyle ANDAMOOKA OPAL GIRL GUIDES Andamooka Community Hall Mondays from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Phone: 0427072710 OUTBACK MULTI-CULTURAL GROUP Phone: 8671 2892
CHURCH ROXBY DOWNS’ LUTHERAN CHURCH 10:30am 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday of the month 5:30pm 3rd Sunday of each month 9:30am every Sunday during school terms FAITHWORKS’ CHRISTIAN CHURCH An Assemblies Church meets every Sunday 9.30 am at Roxby Downs Catholic School Library ST. BARBARA’S PARISH CATHOLIC CHURCH Saturday 6:00pm Sunday 9:00am 78 Pioneer Drive, Roxby Downs ANDAMOOKA/ROXBY BIBLE CHURCH 10:00am Sundays, Worship Service 6.30pm Fridays, Kids Club, 7 years + Phone: 8672 7213 ROXBY DOWNS COMMUNITY CHURCH 10am Sunday Worship. For other events & activities phone Alison 8671 1032
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Movie Review: RocknRolla
A real RocknRolla wants it all There is something about British ﬁlms that just seem to scream success. Green Street Hooligans was exceptional, Layer Cake was intriguing and I am told Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is brilliant. Naturally, after seeing ﬁlms such as these, I was immediately prepared for a successful ﬁlm when I sat down to watch RocknRolla. I was not disappointed. Written and Directed by Guy Richie, RocknRolla is a ﬁlm that showcases this visionary’s talent in storytelling. A tight script, a magniﬁcent cast and an artistic style of direction all make for an enjoyable change to Hollywood’s never-ending assault of mindless, unintelligible banter. From the opening lines of the ﬁlm, the audience knows they are in for a treat. The beauty of Tarantino-style writing pulls the crowd in, oﬀering a small example of a world truth displayed on ﬁlm. As character Archie narrates the story, the audience is treated to a series of quirky remarks that so blatantly state the truth many observers would overlook them. For example: “People ask the question... what’s a RocknRolla? And I tell ‘em - it’s not about drugs, drums, and hospital drips, oh no. There’s more there than that, my friend. We all like a bit of the good life - some the money, some the drugs, some of the other, the sex game, the glamour, or the fame. But a RocknRolla, oh, he’s diﬀerent. Why? Because a real RocknRolla wants the f***ing lot.” The story behind RocknRolla had me slightly confused to begin with. Upon hearing the title of the ﬁlm, I immediately thought this would be a movie about a RocknRolla. Then I realised the term RocknRolla was a metaphor for the criminal underworld. In the quote used previous, one can observe the similarities between a rock star and a crime boss, most obviously, the desire to have it all. So when the ﬁlm began and I was introduced to the characters, the ﬁlm’s meaning became clearer. It’s all about having a little more. The ﬁlm begins with two gangster characters, Mumbles and One Two, in their attempt to make a quick dollar in the building industry. Unfortunately, criminal king-pin Lenny has other plans and quickly has the two men indebted to him. Their story is simple: pay back the crime boss. Lenny’s story, however, is slightly diﬀerent. Operating under the belief he “owns” London, he sets up a deal with Russian criminal Uri, which involves the Russian giving him seven million Euros and Lenny getting commerce and zoning going for him. Enter an exceptionally beautiful accountant with desires to increase her bank account and everything goes arse up.
As in depth as this sounds, this is only the ﬁrst layer of the story. RocknRolla is, essentially, about a painting. Uri lends his favourite lucky painting to Lenny to ensure his deal goes smoothly – superstitious, I know. Unfortunately for Lenny, the painting is stolen. Enter his RocknRolla stepson Johnny. Now the title of the ﬁlm become a little more understandable as RocknRoll is actually introduced to the story. Johnny is the stereotypical rockstar. He drinks, smokes, does drugs and lives like he owns the world. Johnny is by far one of the most interesting characters in this ﬁlm. He is exceeding intelligent and often presents the audience with captivating and thought-provoking scenarios and metaphors. Finally, everyone becomes intertwined in this tale of British gangsters. The script is not only action packed and stimulating but is actually quite comical as well, providing the right amount of action, drama and comedy to make an exceptional ﬁlm.
TV review: Criminal Minds
Intelligent and action packed Intelligence in television shows is often diﬃcult to ﬁnd. The “cinema of attractions” reigns heavily over the American industry, with the need for fast paced action and large explosions dominating in depth and well planned stories. However, I was extremely impressed with the stunning and captivating storyline of Criminal Minds.
Top Ten Singles
YOU FOUND ME The Fray Taylor Swift LOVE STORY The Ian Carey Project GET SHAKY Kevin Rudolf Feat. Lil Wayne LET IT ROCK The All-American Rejects GIVES YOU HELL Jessica Mauboy BURN MY LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU Kelly Clarkson Lady GaGa POKER FACE Natalie Bassingthwaighte SOMEDAY SOON Empire Of The Sun WALKING ON A DREAM
Top Ten Albums
ONLY BY THE NIGHT FUNHOUSE WORKING ON A DREAM TWILIGHT THE FAME WALKING ON A DREAM FEARLESS PACKED TO THE RAFTERS DARK HORSE ORACULAR SPECTACULAR
Kings Of Leon P!nk Bruce Springsteen Soundtrack Lady GaGa Empire Of The Sun Taylor Swift Soundtrack Nickelback MGMT
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Each episode is well thought out and while it does deliver thrilling action and the occasional explosion, it is also intertwined with intelligence and rarely pursues the obvious route. Every episode presents the challenge of a who-done-it mystery, however while in most mysteries the villain is quite obvious, Criminal Minds expertly keeps the audience guessing until the very end. Only once in the ﬁrst season, out of 22 episodes, was I able to anticipate who the “unsub” was. Criminal Minds follows a group of FBI agents working for the Behavioural Analysis Unit whose job it is to proﬁle criminal cases to discover the villain. Each case is unique, focusing on a range of crimes, though what makes this show great is not the crimes themselves but the reasoning behind the crimes. It is the BAU team’s job to discover why the “unsub” or unknown subject is committing the crime, who their
The cast in RocknRolla is fantastic. Gerard Buttler plays a convincing street thug, Tom Wilkinson is excellent as crime boss Lenny and Thandie Newton is beyond beautiful as a cold hearted accountant with an eye for cash. Even Ludacris plays a convincing role as a music producer. But it is the stunning performance from Toby Kebbell that truly makes this ﬁlm. Here is an upcoming star with potential to be big. Everyone is beyond superb in Guy Richie’s RocknRolla making a thoroughly enjoyable ﬁlm. Lovers of Green Street Hooligans, Layer Cake and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels will ﬁnd RocknRolla irresistible. A tightly written story, beautiful cast and marvellous ﬁlmmaking making RocknRolla a must see. The Verdict: 8/10 next victim could be and how they can be stopped. This is fascinating for anyone interested in discovering why people do what they do. The BAU team’s method is simple yet meticulous. They look at the evidence of a crime scene and try to peace together who the criminal is, what they want, what exactly they did and how they can be stopped. In depth characters and plot details are regular occurrences in this show, often forcing the audience to think beyond what is presented on screen. The acting in Criminal minds is superb, with fantastic performances by Thomas Gibson, Mandy Patinkin, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster and Kristen Vangsness. While most episodes are self contained and do not delve too deeply into the backgrounds of the main characters, there are often several mentions of people’s pasts that add layers to the complexity of each character. Each agent of the BAU brings to the show their own personal ﬂare, with each having their own unique skills, personalities and ﬂaws. For a spine tingling, entrancing crime drama that throws the rules of a typical cop show out the window, watch Criminal Minds. Plot twists, in depth characters and a presentation of intelligence that gives the audience some credit are all common in this show. Not one episode is boring or out of place and it will deﬁnitely keep you guessing until the end. The Verdict: 8.5/10
ARIA Charts dominated by Kings Of Leon and The Fray for a third week Kings Of Leon’s album “Only By The Night” has become the most successful charting album since James Blunt’s “Back To Beldam” hit the ARIA Charts in 2005/2006. “Only By The Night” has now been placed at number one for ten weeks, including six consecutive weeks, for a total of twenty one weeks in the album chart. This week’s ARIA Album Chart top 5 holds from last week, and returning to the top 10 are three big albums … the “Packed To The Rafters” soundtrack, which is up to 8 from 14, Nickelback’s “Dark Horse, which rebounds to #9, and MGMT’s “Oracular Spectacular”, up from 13 to 10 after peaking at #6 last October. Akon’s “Freedom” moves up from 27 to 20 and following her recent high profile promotional visit, Duffy’s “Rockferry” re-enters the top 40 at #33. Also bouncing back into the top 40 is Seal’s “Soul” at 40.
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Small business plan job cuts A SmartCompany, an independent web site providing information to small business and entrepreneurs held a poll of 102 small and medium business operators completed yesterday found that 36% of bosses plan on cutting staďŹ€ this year. Almost 40% of those bosses will cut between 11% and 20% of staďŹ€, while nearly half will cut 10% or less. The axe will fall on middle management and operations staďŹ€. The results show the ďŹ nancial stimulus packages are not working for small business.The latest stimulus package, which is a whopping $42 billion, aims to cre-
ate 90,000 jobs. But once again most of the true job creators in the economy â€“ small and medium businesses - miss out. The $42 billion package is great news, and people in the construction industry and involved with other infrastructure projects should be rubbing their hands. The announcement that small business and other general businesses buying eligible assets will beneďŹ t from a 30c in the dollar investment tax break is also good news. But this package is meant to be about creating jobs. Now! and is it supposed to be designed to
stop employers laying staďŹ€ oďŹ€ because they simply donâ€™t have the money to pay them. The respondents to the survey told SmartCompany the way they can create more jobs is to cut payroll taxes and business taxes. This will immediately help their cash positions and enable them to retain their staďŹ€. About 48% want payroll tax and business tax cuts. A further 22% want some type of business assistance. Only 20% say infrastructure spending will help them create jobs, and only 10% say that income tax cuts will help them create jobs.
There is a very simple way to ensure that more jobs are created: assist the job creators. The job creators in any developed and emerging country are the small and medium businesses who employ staďŹ€ and want to grow. It is these businesses that create the bulk of new jobs year on year. While the stimulus today might help the economy generally, it is another wasted opportunity to truly target and assist the job creators.
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HOME POOL SAFETY: Whilst in this incredible heat wave, we are concerned as to the possibility of danger around the home swimming pool. Please ensure that all pools are surrounded by a child proof fence. It must meet the required government standard as 1926.1. Information can be obtained by any of the following methods, visiting the web site www.planning.sa.gov.au/go/ building policy, phoning (08) 83030602 or collecting a brochure from the Roxby Downs Council. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: If you are changing your address, you are required by law to notify all relevant departments. The council oﬀer you a one stop shop, in so much as you can change the address of your electricity, water, voting, motor vehicles and dogs. BUSHFIRE PREVENTION: Saturday 1st November saw the start of the Fire Danger Season. This will continue until 31st March, 2009. Some points to consider: - Cleaning up around yards - Clean out gutters - Trim trees, especially those brushing against the house - Clear undergrowth where possible - Make yourself fully aware of the BBQ regulations When cleaning the rubbish, be aware of snakes and rodents. Please make known the total ﬁre ban days. Incase of Fire dial 000. When next visiting the council office, please take your free copy of Preparing for Bushﬁres. DEPOSIT OF RUBBISH ETC: Under Local Government Regulations it is an oﬀence to dump any rubbish on a public road or place. This will incur a ﬁne. O PA L ROA D L A N D F I L L OPENING HOURS: The Opal Road Landﬁll is open from 1pm – 6pm, seven days a week. This is a FREE service. For Further information contact BSH Waste Solutions on 8671 1154. Collect your free magnet when next in the Council oﬃce. RECYCLING: The Opal Rd landﬁll does accept recycling or you can take it down to BSH in Gosse Street. Plastic containers are to be cleaned and no lids are to be left on. They accept paper, cardboard and plastics. It is appreciated if sorted. ILLEGAL PARKING: This is a friendly reminder from Council, that parking in the following zones is illegal: WITHIN THE ROXBY DOWNS TOWNSHIP: - A loading zone - A drop oﬀ zone - A disabled park WITHIN THE RESIDENTIAL STREETS: - A nature strip - Local Government land. - Vehicle left on side of the road for greater than 24 hours - Parked in the opposite direction of oncoming traﬃc. Under the Local Government Act, Council has the power to instigate Infringement Notices and/ or impound the vehicle(s) for the noted oﬀence. If infringement notices are not paid by the due date, then a ﬁne will apply. Please make yourself aware of all the parking
regulations and signage. ADVERTISING ON COUNCIL INFRASTRUCTURE: Advertising on Council infrastructure such as light poles can attract expiation notices under the Local Government Act. If you spot any such advertising please notify the Council. DOG REGISTRATION: - Dog registrations are for 12 months in the ﬁnancial year calendar. (July 08 – June 09), NOT 12 month calendar year. Grace period for registration expired on 31 August 2008; thereafter an $80.00 expiation fee applies under Section 33 of the Dog and Cat Management Act. - Please also ensure that all dogs over the age of three months are registered, failure to comply can again result in an $80.00 Expiation Notice being issued. Cheaper fees shall apply for proof of desexed, micro chipped or trained dogs. - Make sure when changing your address, you also change the address of your dog(s) INFRINGEMENTS: If infringement notices, whether it be parking or dogs, are not paid by the due date, then a ﬁne will apply and court action will be taken. RATES: 08/09 Financial year Rates have been declared and have been issued. Due date for the 1st Quarter was 30th September 2008, due date for the 2nd Quarter was 16th December 2008. The next two quarter due dates are the 17th March and the 16th June 2009. If you have any enquiries please contact Bronnie Warren on 8671 0010 during oﬃce hours. ELECTRICITY: Quarterly accounts for 31st December 2008 are now overdue. Reminder notices have now been issued with late fees added. WATER: Accounts for 31 December 2008 quarter have now been issued. Please ensure that all accounts are paid by the 16th February 2009 to avoid a late payment fee. Please also note as of 1st January 2009, water charges have increased. A ﬂyer has been issued with your quarterly accounts. PAYMENTS: If you are unable to come into the council office during work hours, we do offer payment of any accounts via the Internet or credit card facility via the phone. Please call the oﬃce on 8671 0010 for details. GENERAL INFORMATION for Electricity & Water - Autopays & Direct Debits - All MONTHLY AUTOPAYS AND DIRECT DEBITS are taken out on the 20th of each month. - All QUARTERLY AUTOPAYS are taken out on the DUE DATE of the Notice - All QUARTERLY DIRECT DEBITS are taken out on the 20th day of which the notice is due. SERVICE SA: Service SA operates at the Council Office on Wednesday and Thursdays ONLY, between the hours of 9.00am and 4.30pm. Council provides Transport Services including Vehicle and Boat Registrations and Licensing Transactions. No learner written theory tests to be started after 4.00pm.
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Taxies off road Saturday Night
An oversight saw Roxby’s local taxi service take their cars oﬀ the road Saturday night. The cars were unregistered and stopped operating at midnight, but were operational again Sunday morning. While some people were inconvenienced they quickly made other ar-
rangements or ‘hoofed’ it home. Local police said there were no major concerns and they kept an eye on proceedings at the licensed venues to ensure people from Olympic Dam were not stranded. Sergeant Paxton said, “In recent days we have stopped three company vehi-
cles which were unregistered and therefore uninsured. People need to be more aware it is an oﬀence with a hefty ﬁne to drive an unregistered vehicle.” Motor vehicles and motor cycles can easily be registered and immediately processed on line at www.ezyreg.sa.gov. au.
Police report Assault On Monday February 2 a male and female were reported for allegedly assaulting a male on January 24, 2009. Break-in The offices of Coates at Olympic Dam were broken into at about 7.30 on Tuesday Febraury 3, 2009. The oﬃce alarm was activated and security attended. No items were taken from the oﬃce during the break in. Anyone with any information in relation to this break in are asked to contact the Roxby Downs Police Station.
Trespassing at Pool Complex Roxby Downs Police attended at the leisure centre swimming pool at about 10.30pm on Friday February 6 after reports that persons were in the swimming pool after closing time. No persons were located upon police arrival. Police attended at the pool again numerous times during the late evening and early hours of the morning with reports of persons in the pool. Police remind residents that it is an oﬀence to enter the pool complex out-
side opening hours and that persons located inside the pool area may be reported or arrested. Driving Oﬀences During the evening of Saturday February 7 a male was reported for breaching a provision of his licence and another male was reported for prescribed concentration of alcohol after returning an alleged breath analysis reading of 0.177. On the same evening three people were reported for driving their motor vehicle’s whilst they were unregister.
Gibber Cluster gathers Roxby Downs Area School and other educational complexes across the Gibber Cluster will be close on Friday, February 13. During this closure, teachers from these schools, including Andamooka, Woomera, Coober Pedy and Oodnadatta will meet in Woomera to look at the Learning Compass with Margot
Foster and give staﬀ the opportunity to meet the new regional personnel. This meeting will also provide staﬀ with the opportunity to work together in their sector groups, such as early childhood, primary, secondary and so on. RDAS Principal Mrs Kath Macalister said she has already tabled a suggestion
for a second common pupil free day later this year for staﬀ to participate in workshops. “The bottom line for all of this is to actually improve the delivery of the curriculum for kids,” said Mrs Macalister. Parents are reminded there is no school this Friday, February 13.
What’s On s p o rt s
MONDAY KARATE - Auditorium * 6:00pm - 8:30pm VOLLEYBALL - Leisure Centre 16th Feb resumes season 6:30pm - 8:30pm SPIN - Pulse Gym 7:00pm
TUESDAY COME-N-TRY-SOCCER (JUNIORS) - Indoor Courts 3:30pm - 6:00pm SENIOR INDOOR SOCCER - Indoor Courts ** Resumed 13th Jan for social games Competition matches commence late February 6:00- 8:00pm SQUASH - Leisure Centre Resumes on 3rd March 7:00pm - 9:00pm TOUCH FOOTBALL - Town Oval 6:30-9pm Grand Final scheduled for 24th Feb SENIOR BASKETBALL - Indoor Courts 7pm-10pm
WEDNESDAY SPIN - Pulse Gym 6:00am KARATE - Auditorium * 6:00pm - 8:30pm WOMEN & MIXED NETBALL Resumes 18th Feb / 6pm - 9:30pm
THURSDAY NIPPY GYM - Auditorium 9:30am - 11:30 am SENIOR INDOOR SOCCER - Indoor Courts ** Resumed 13th Jan for social games Competition matches commence late February 6:00pm Social matches SQUASH - Leisure Centre Resumes on 3rd March 7:00pm - 10:00pm SENIOR BASKETBALL 7pm-10pm
FRIDAY INDOOR HOCKEY Resumes 13th Feb Juniors 5:00pm - 6:30pm Seniors 6:30pm - 8:30pm ASSOCIATION NETBALL Season commences in May TENNIS 7:15pm - 10:00pm
SATURDAY JUNIOR BASKETBALL 9am-5pm FOOTBALL Season commences April Football- pre-season training has commenced TENNIS 6:00pm - 10:00pm ASSOCIATION NETBALL Season commences in May CRICKET Grand Final scheduled for 28th March
SUNDAY SOFTBALL - School Oval
10am Junior learn and play sessions SWIMMING: Training currently underway. Training days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Training times differ during the week.
ROXBY DOWNS SPORTING CAR CLUB 2009 Saturday 21st February Night meeting
* Contact Reinhardt Viljoen on 0428 843 921 ** Contact Daniel Neyland on 0404376391 www.themonitor.com.au
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Sports Cancelled he recent string of 40 degree plus too hot to play. The State Government has been very days has played havoc with many active is pushing out the heat warnings sporting ﬁxtures. to all sectors of the community.
Cricket, Junior Basketball, Tennis and even swimming were all cancelled on the weekend. Sports administrators and coaches who are well aware of the dangers of heat exhaustion, sunburn and dehydration realised that even by Roxby standards it was
The dangers are not restricted just to the elderly or very young. We are all vulnerable, particularly to dehydration, and must take care. For our region, the relief we are enjoying this week does not necessarily mean the end of extreme temperatures.
Cricket, Basketball, Tennis and even Swimming were cancelled due to the heat.
Dive-in very successful
“It was very successful in the fact that it was doing it again,” said Perdita. “We’d love any information about what peoast Friday night saw a very successDue to the heat, the sausage sizzle was can- ple thought of the night, what we did and didn’t ful “Dive-in” at the Leisure Centre so hot,” said Perdita. “Th e people I spoke to on the night said they celled, though thankfully the night was not do well and any ideas of what the community pool, with over 60 people attending loved it.” spoiled. wants from the youth services.” on short notice. Organised by the Youth Advisory Council and Recreation and Youth Services Manager Perdita Cooper, the night saw youth and families gather to watch ‘Over the Hedge’ in the water.
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Future Dive-in events are on the agenda for the Leisure Centre, though Perdita says more research is needed to discover exactly how to run the perfect night. “I used it as a bit of a trial and was very impressed with the outcome so I will certainly be
“For only two days notice and to get that Please contact Perdita at the Leisure Centre many people with no advertising we did exwith your comments and suggestions to imceptionally well.” prove the Dive-in nights. Perdita emphasises she is keen to hear feed“We’re open to suggestions on how we can back from the community on the success of the night. do it better.”
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Summer Sports are back
This week sees the resumption of Come the roar of engines, the ﬁrst Sports Car Club espite a few disruptions due to the has been continuing right through the hot spell extreme heat, the summer sports and soccer has been running practicing matches and Try Soccer, Squash, Indoor Hockey and meeting kicks oﬀ on Saturday February 21. as they warm up for the season. Wednesday Women’s and Mixed Netball will are back. It is not too late to join a team as a player
Swimming, Karate, Tennis, Bowls and Vol- start on February 18. or a volunteer; you would be welcomed with Already Senior Basketball is in full swing with some very competitive games, touch football leyball are other sports already underway. For all those who love the smell of petrol and open arms.
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Miners’/Power Cup 2009
By Zak Zeptner Preparation is already underway as the second date for the successful Miners’/Power Cup has been set. On May 2, the best of the Woomera and Districts Football League will play oﬀ against the best of the Broken Hill Football League in the hopes of retaining the title of premiers for the second year running. The Association game, as it has come to be known, will operate as a curtain raiser for the Port Power Vs Crows showdown game, and if last year’s Cup is any indicator, it will be a game worth watching. “It’s a bit earlier than we first thought…but we’ll just have to go in a little underprepared, as will Broken Hill,” said Woomera and Districts Football League President Barry Mitchell. Currently, the League is in its preparations stage, having spoken to the local clubs and is coordinating the match with David Chipway of the SANFL. A committee is being arranged to deal with the Association game that is separate from the League. A representative from each club will be nominated to aid in the selection of the team, which will rely heavily on reputation and the avail-
ability of last year’s players, as the game is earlier than expected. “Without seeing a lot of people play we’re going to go a bit on reputation,” said Barry. “I know there were footballers last year who were bloody unlucky to miss out but I think we’ll still get a good side.” Unfortunately, due to the unexpected early start of the game, there will be some who miss out. “There might be some people that have improved from last year but we haven’t had a good chance to look at them,” said Barry. “I know there were some young lads from Roxby who showed a lot of form in last year’s grand ﬁnal who will deﬁnitely have to be thought of. “What’s happened is we’re all a bit surprised at the date. I think all of us would have liked it to be a bit later in the year but that’s what we’ve been given so we’ve just got to play it. It’s not worth worrying about; we just need to get our act together.” Training is another issue that has risen from the early date. Unfortunately, there will not be as many training sessions as last year, meaning the squad will have to work extra hard to achieve victory.
“We’re sort of relying on the guys to be ﬁt,” said Barry. To play at AAMI Stadium is a tremendous achievement, though it takes a considerable amount of sponsorship to run. At an appromimate cost of $10,000 per team to open AAMI Stadium early, the Miners’/Power Cup is not a game to be taken lightly. Barry told The Monitor the League was in talks with BHP Billiton to once again sponsor the match and last year’s sponsors have also been contacted to donate. Such sponsorship will be lessened this year, no doubt by the global ﬁnancial downturn, a factor Barry says is unavoidable. “I’d say that it’s going to cross all teams so we might have to think about charging players a small fee but of the one’s I’ve talked to, no one would have a problem with that and it’s just something we need to do as we go forward.” This year, the game will be played at approximately 3pm, as the showdown following begins at 7.10pm. This is slightly diﬀerent to last year, where the game began in the mid morning. Tickets are not yet available to the game, however the clubs should have them by April, though not in a
great quantity. “I don’t think we’ll get the same number (of tickets) as last year,” said Barry. While not oﬃcially selected yet, according to Barry, Woody Turner will most likely reprise his role as coach of the Woomera Wedgies. “It is pretty hard not to renew a premiership winning coach,” said Barry. Barry says the Broken Hill team are in the “same boat as us” in terms of preparation times, however he did mention the team and coach have already been selected for the match. As many may remember, Barry last year placed a bet with Broken Hill concerning the match. Fortunately, by two points, the Wedgies were victorious, earning Barry a free car wash from friend Andrew Schmidt. This year, the bets will be on again. “I don’t know what yet but I think I’ll ﬁnd something else that they can come and repay me with,” said Barry, very conﬁdent the Wedgies will again take the Cup. With the game fast approaching, excitement is building and the challenge is set for the Wedgies to retain the Cup and be the 2009 premiers of the Miners’/Power Cup.
ABOVE: Last year’s Miners’/Power Cup premiers, the Woomera Wedgies. BELOW: Coach Woody Turner and Captain Ryan Schell accept the Cup on behalf of the Wedgies.
What’s happening at the Roxby Downs Cultural & Leisure Precinct YOUTH CENTRE Opening Hours: Tuesdays 3pm-6pm Wednesdays 3pm-6pm Thursdays 3pm-6pm Fridays 4pm-9pm Saturdays 3pm-6pm
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One word can change everything! A man challenges himself to say ‘yes’ to everything for an entire year. Stars Jim Carey, Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper. Screens: Saturday 7 February 12noon & 7:30pm, Sunday 8 February 12noon.
Wild behavior forces a pair of energy drinks reps to enroll in a big brother program. Stars Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott and Elizabeth Banks. Screens: Friday 13 February 7:30pm, Saturday 14 February 3pm, Sunday 15 February 12noon.
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